The Kansas City Royals will look to put Friday's loss behind them as they attempt to start another winning streak Saturday afternoon against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Bruce Chen will start the game for Kansas City. The veteran has given the Royals 18 strong innings over three starts, only allowing three runs and seven hits. Chen's done a good job limiting walks, only issuing three while striking out 13 batters.
The southpaw has surrendered two home runs, but both have been solo shots. Chen also owns a .106 BABIP over his three starts, so we can expect more hits to start falling moving forward.
Chen looks like the same pitcher this season as he did last, he's just managed to string three good starts together. I hope he can string together three more, but regression lurks around the corner.
Jeremy Hefner will take the mound for New York. Hefner has been adequate in the back of the Mets' rotation, sporting a 4.21 ERA with a 4.06 xFIP. He has fanned 18.7% of the batters he has faced while only walking 6.7%; both numbers are below league-average.
For a scouting report on Hefner, we turn to Matt Bandi of Pirates Prospects:
Hefner's four-seam fastball sits around 90-92 MPH and is fairly straight. He also throws a sinker that is generally in the 89-91 MPH range and an 86-90 MPH cutter that somewhat resembles a slider. His only breaking ball is a slow curve in the 73-78 MPH range, while his primary offspeed pitch is an 83-86 MPH changeup with some occasionally solid sinking movement.
The right-hander shouldn't dominate Kansas City, but should keep New York within striking distance.
Today's game is early, starting at 12:10 p.m. CT. FSKC will carry the game.
Song of the Day: Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot
I have no idea if this is a good song or not. I really liked listening to this song as a kid when it came on Top 40 radio, and have a hard time properly evaluating it now because of the connection to my childhood.
I do think the actual Zoot Suit Riots are fascinating history, which you can read about here if you are interested in that sort of thing.